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How to Make a Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon
Paper mache is fun!
Hot air balloons are fun to ride in, their colorful display is lovely to watch and make exceptionally pretty photographs.
Have you ever wondered if you could capture the beauty of these hot air balloons in another way? Well, you can, and I am pleased to share this information with you.
For this project you will need a bit of time (a weekend should be enough).
Mums, dads or older brothers or sisters should be on hand to help young children build these hot air balloons with paper mache. It's fun and teaches the young patience and flexibility.
I will walk you through the process step by step.
Let's do it!
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Are you a crafty person?
I have always wanted to make things with my hands. I knit, crochet, sew, etc. etc. but I think that creating the paper mache hot air balloons was my favorite project.
I have sold some but most of them I have given away to new-born babies for their room decorations. I wouldn't recommend that babies or the young be allowed to play with them, but you may do as you please.
Have you ever made paper mache anything? If you did, please tell us what you made.
Get in the mood - Listen to - Hot Air Balloons
Of course you'll need balloons!
Amazon has a good selection but I'll let you see my favorite.
These are strong balloons and shouldn't break before your project is finished. Then you can have the pleasure of popping it.
You'll notice that there are a lot of balloons in each package so you can make a lot of paper mache hot-air balloons. :)
Use these for smaller hot-air balloons.
My Paper Mache Paste:
There are many recipes for paste, but here is the one I use.
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup cold water
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- To the bowl add:
- ~1 cup white flour and a pinch salt to bowl
- ~1 cup cold water
- Whisk to a syrup consistency.
- ~ add a little cinnamon to the mix - it takes away the smell.
- ~ add salt to keep it from fermenting.
- ~ Humidity really does play a factor! If you live somewhere very humid, add less water (up to 1/4 less). I live in a very dry area.
- ~ Rather than make your own paste for paper mache, use liquid starch. It can be purchased at the supermarket and is relatively inexpensive. It gives the same result as the cooked method. It dries smooth and clear. Fantastic for use with brown grocery bags when I want to create pottery or leather looking crafts.
No cook paper mache paste. - Easy to do!
Now the fun starts!
1. Tear newspaper into strips
2. Blow up your balloon
3. Soak paper strip by strip into the paste and start layering it onto your balloon.
4. When you have a mache depth of no more than 4 layers, rest the balloon on a sealer jar to dry.
(Your mache balloon will probably dry over-night if done during summer months.)
When your balloon is absolutely dry it is time to become creative.
Always make the last layer of mache with white computer paper. It takes FAR less paint. If you don't do this, consider priming the project with white acrylic paint before you let the kids at it with the poster paints.
You can make your own basket out of a square box painted to your desired color or buy a small woven basket. (I have done some of each for my hot air balloons.)
Some boxes and guides for more paper mache crafts
These boxes would be good to use for the basket part of your hot air balloons. Just paint them up and they are ready to be used.
I think that this would be a wonderful book for parents to have on hand. Your children can learn how to make paper mache pigs, dogs, cats, flowers, masks and even monsters. What fun they will have!!
Learn how a pro makes vintage-inspired papier-mÃ¢chÃ© figures, You too can learn this form of art. It is not a new art form but it has withstood the test of time and is still here for us to enjoy!
Stringing your ribbons or ties
~2 length of cord 2 feet
~1 length of cord 1 1/2 feet.
Using a darning needle, carefully make four equally placed holes around the bottom of your balloon and two equally place holes near the top of your balloon. (This may be done before you spend time painting the balloon if you are anxious that you might crack the balloon. I've never had any problem.)
A Bit of Fun (Remember the balloon you blew up. Now you can pop it if you like.)
On the bottom of the balloon feed one length of ribbon or cord (whatever you have decided to use) through two holes with a crochet hook. Tie both ends to the basket. (Repeat this procedure with the other ribbon making sure they are balanced with each other.)
Feed the ribbon for the top of the balloon in the same manner, tying at the top.
These are the ribbons I would use if they shipped to Canada.This is a very good deal!
I purchased this ribbon and I will be buying it again when I need more!Very good quality!
Passenger List: - Only limited by your imagination!
THINGS TO ADD:
I have added teddy bears, paper mache clowns, ribbons, small flowers and bouquets.
Here are a few suggestions as to what/who you may add to your passenger list:
Favorite action figures, puppies, kittens, fairies or movie stars.
I am sure you can think of a lot more.
NOW, HANG IT AND ENJOY YOUR HANDY WORK!
Up, Up and Away - My Beautiful Balloons
Fun with my hot air balloons - Photos courtesy of Will BordenClick thumbnail to view full-size
What is Paper Mache Pulp?
This is great to help make a smooth finish on your paper mache projects or for making small objects.
See beautiful gifts made from paper mache
More Paper Mache Projects to Make
Some for adults, some for kids
If you are looking for inspiration and instructions for making a paper mache project, gifts, art and decorations check out all of these paper mache ideas.
Paper Mache Globe - Make your own globe of the Earth from a balloon covered with newspaper, flour-water glue, and paint. Although this is a messy project that takes days to complete, the results are very nice and teach a tremendous amount about geography.
Big Paper Mache Bird - This rather large paper mache bird makes a great friend or a rather nifty pinata.
Paper Mache Masks - Make your own Paper Mache Mask with Elastic string; Scissors; aluminum foil (heavy duty); Wallpaper paste; Old newspapers; Variety of poster paints; Paint brush 2-4" or larger.
Paper Mache Octopus Hang this from the ceiling to add to a cute ocean-theme bedroom.
Piggy Bank This is such a cute piggy bank. A very useful craft!
Paper mache Sculpture - Turn a 10 cent yard sale figuine into a masterpiece worth a million!
I had fun with this project. Do you think that you will some day try to make one of these hot air balloons?
I will be most pleased if you leave me a comment!